Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
May 2, 2012 12:59 pm EDT


MANSFIELD — Donald Elzy Clark Sr., 87, of Mansfield, died Monday, April 30, 2012, at Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.

Don was born July 30, 1924, in Freeport, Harrison County, Ohio, to the late John Elzy and Marjorie Elizabeth (Steffey) Clark, and was a graduate of Freeport High School. On Aug. 25, 1946, he married Ruth Mary Smith and she preceded him in death May 22, 2011. Don was an Army veteran serving at the end of World War II in Korea as a medical tech. Mr. Clark spent his entire life in the agricultural business as a farmer, feed store operator, milkman, manager at Swartz Potato Farm, salesman for Tennessee Corp., was a partner at Richland Chemical in Shelby, and was the owner of Rural Farm Distributors, Knox County Citizen and Dempster Industries in Nebraska.

Don was a member of Clay Memorial Lutheran Church, a lifetime member of FFA and The Grange, was a member of Shelby Sertoma, and was a former board member of Crestwood Care Center in Shelby and Good Shepherd Home in Ashland. Don and his wife, Ruth, were part of the People to People Organization and traveled extensively around the world with them.

Mr. Clark is survived by his children, Marjorie (Steven) Guthrie of Mansfield, Linda Clark (Roger Guertner) of Scottsdale, Ariz., Donald Elzy “Butch” (Toni) Clark II of Bellville, Sara Ruth Clark of Mansfield; son-in-law and spouse, John Timothy (Marlene) Krisko of Ashland; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Donna Krisko, in 1978; three siblings, Dean Clark, John “Jack” Clark, Helen Schultz.

Friends may call Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 W. Main St., Shelby, and on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Clay Memorial Lutheran Church where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Pastor Carol Kilgore will officiate and burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the church.

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